A five-year campaign by workers for “$15 an hour and a union” is demanding that businesses in Kansas City honor the recently passed initiative that later this month raises the minimum wage to $10 an hour and eventually to $15 a hour.
The campaign further wants city businesses to ignore a state law that pre-empts Kansas City from setting its own minimum wage.
Kansas City voters overwhelmingly passed a ballot initiative that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $10 an hour on Aug. 24.
At noon on Thursday, area cooks, cashiers and clergy members are planning to rally outside a midtown McDonald’s restaurant as part of their #PayTheWage campaign.
The rally is designed to protest the Missouri state legislature’s passage of a law, effective Aug. 28, that prohibits cities or counties in the state from setting their own wage floors.
The state law, signed by Gov. Eric Greitens, also requires St. Louis to roll back the $10 minimum that city passed before the state’s pre-emption. In St. Louis, some employers have stated publicly that they won’t roll back the higher wages they’ve already started to pay, but others may do the rollback.
The Kansas City rally, planned for 3741 Broadway, is intended to call on major employers like McDonald’s, to start paying the voter-approved $10.
Pre-emption of local wage laws means that the state’s minimum of $7.70 an hour is the legal wage floor in Missouri.